Journal Article

Recent Progress in Plant Reproduction Research: The Story of the Male Gametophyte through to Successful Fertilization

Go Suzuki

in Plant and Cell Physiology

Published on behalf of Japanese Society of Plant Physiologists

Volume 50, issue 11, pages 1857-1864
Published in print November 2009 | ISSN: 0032-0781
Published online October 2009 | e-ISSN: 1471-9053 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/pcp/pcp142
Recent Progress in Plant Reproduction Research: The Story of the Male Gametophyte through to Successful Fertilization

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Sexual reproduction is an important biological event not only for evolution but also for breeding in plants. It is a well known fact that Charles Darwin (1809–1882) was interested in the reproduction system of plants as part of his concept of ‘species’ and ‘evolution.’ His keen observation and speculation is timeless even in the current post-genome era. In the Darwin anniversary year of 2009, I have summarized recent molecular genetic studies of plant reproduction, focusing especially on male gametophyte development, pollination and fertilization. We are just beginning to understand the molecular mechanisms of the elaborate reproduction system in flowering plants, which have been a mystery for >100 years.

Keywords: Charles Darwin • Fertilization • Male gametophyte development • Pollination • Reproductive barriers • Self-incompatibility

Journal Article.  4616 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Biochemistry ; Molecular and Cell Biology ; Plant Sciences and Forestry

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